Taj Vivanta, Kolkata

Off a major thoroughfare, this upscale, contemporary hotel is within 5 km from both Ballygunge Junction railway station and Science City, a sprawling science and technology complex with a convention centre. Modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, minibars and laptop-sized safes. Upgraded rooms add city views, while suites have separate living areas, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Room service is available 24/7. Amenities include a stylish bar, a pastry shop, and an airy restaurant serving international fare. There's also an exercise room, and a rooftop pool overlooking the city. Breakfast (fee) and parking are available.